John W. Kelly, who owns and operates the homestead on section 21, Knoxville township, was born there on the
10th of March, 1882, a son of the late W. A. Kelly, who is mentioned more at length on another page of this work.
The subject of this review was reared in Knoxville township and educated in the common schools. Aside from the
knowledge of books so gained he received the greater part of his training at home, learning the practical methods
of agriculture under his father's instruction. Since reaching mature years he has followed farming and stock raising
successfully and his farm of ninety six acres is finely improved and very productive. He raises both grain and
stock, making a specialty of Poland China and Duroc Jersey hogs and shorthorn cattle. He is up to date and progressive
and is very energetic, doing everything at the proper time, and his labors are rewarded by a comfortable income
from his farm.
Mr. Kelly married in this county Miss Edna Steele, a daughter of George A. Steele, of whom mention is made elsewhere
in this work. Two daughters have been born to this union: Mary Florence, a child of five years; and Lois Lucile,
about two years old.
Mr. Kelly is a republican in politics. Fraternally he is connected with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at
Knoxville and gives his religious adherence to the Methodist Episcopal church at Mount Olive, which he attends.
His life has been in all respects straightforward and honorable and in this county where he has always lived he
is highly esteemed and respected and has many warm personal friends.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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